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(A) All horses used for horse-drawn carriage service shall be provided with daily food and water, free from contamination. Such food shall be wholesome and of sufficient quantity and nutritive value to meet the normal daily requirements for the condition and size of the animal.
(B) Any structure used for stabling horses used for horse-drawn carriages shall be kept clean, in good repair, well lit, ventilated and provide adequate protection from the elements. Manure and urine shall be removed therefrom daily. Surfaces shall be graded and raked so as to keep them reasonably dry. Clean bedding must be provided. Flies and other insects must be controlled.
(C) All horses used for horse-drawn carriage service must weigh at least 800 pounds.
(D) Horses exhibiting the following shall be deemed unfit for work:
(1) Sores or abrasions caused, or likely to be irritated, by the bearing of services, girth, harnesses or bridles, unless padding could be utilized.
(2) Serious injury or illness.
(3) Obvious signs of emaciation, malnutrition, lameness or exhaustion.
(E) Horses requiring veterinary care shall not be moved, ridden or driven except for the purpose of humane keeping, pasturing or obtaining medical care.
(F) Horses shall be properly shod, and hooves shall be kept trimmed.
(G) Horses shall be kept clean, particularly in the areas in contact with the harness or other tack.
(H) Horses shall not be worked more than two hours without being given a total of 30 minutes rest. The maximum working period for any one horse shall be ten hours out of every 24 hours.
(I) Horses shall not be worked when the heat index reaches or exceeds 120, as reported by the National Weather Service; nor shall horses be worked when the wind chill index reaches or exceeds 0º F. as reported by the National Weather Service. When the wind chill index is below 20º F., the horse must be blanketed during rest periods.
(J) The speed at which any horse is driven shall not exceed a slow trot.
(K) No horse shall be overridden or driven to result in overheating or exhaustion.
(L) Horses shall be provided with water at the loading site and on all routes at all times they are working.
(M) All harnesses and bridles shall be kept oiled and cleaned and in good repair.
(N) All horse-drawn carriages must be kept properly lubricated, the wheels must spin freely and easily.
(O) No horse shall be made to perform by means of any prod, stick, electrical shock, physical force, or by causing pain or discomfort. Any whip or riding crop must be used so as not to cause injury or harm to the animal.
(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.289) (Lou. Ord. No. 77-1995, approved 5-26-1995; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 113-2006, approved 7-31-2006) Penalty, see § 115.999